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A tall coarse plant (Inula helenium) in the composite family, native to Eurasia, having rayed yellow flower heads and aromatic roots formerly used medicinally.
(Plants) a perennial flowering plant, Inula helenium, of Europe, Asia, and North America having large hairy leaves and narrow yellow petals: family Asteraceae (composites)
[C16: from Medieval Latin enula campãna, from enula (from Greek helenion) + campãnus of the field]
el•e•cam•pane(ˌɛl ɪ kæmˈpeɪn)
a composite weed, Inula helenium, having large yellow flowers and aromatic leaves and root.
[1350–1400; Middle English, = Old English ele(ne), eolone (<Latin inula elecampane) + Middle English campane < Medieval Latin campāna, derivative of campus field]